President's Biography

Dr. Terri L. Winfree, President of Prairie State College

Dr. Terri L. Winfree is the 14th President of Prairie State College (PSC) and began her presidency on May 19, 2013. She brings a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge about the college and the community it serves.

For Dr. Winfree, her presidency also celebrates a number of firsts: she is the first woman president of the college, the first PSC graduate to be named president, and the first person in her immediate family to attend college. She also was a member of the first graduating class for Bloom Trail High School.

Dr. Winfree's story is similar to many PSC students - she started her career at PSC as a part time, adult student, and as a first generation college student. Her experience in a learning community class at PSC made her realize the importance of a well-rounded education.

Leading with courage, inspiration, and an entrepreneurial spirit, Dr. Winfree has demonstrated strong communication and leadership skills during her career at PSC. She has served as vice president of community and economic development since 2007. Prior to that, she was the dean, continuing professional education from 2004 to 2007; associate dean, continuing professional education from 2000 to 2004; manager, Matteson Area Center from 1998 to 2000; coordinator, career training programs in 1998; and had other part-time duties. She also has been an adjunct faculty member at Governors State University and St. Francis University.

During difficult financial times for institutions of higher education, Dr. Winfree has a demonstrated record of her ability to operate in a financially sustainable way. In addition, she is a successful union negotiator serving on three successful union negotiation teams at PSC. Also during her career at PSC, she has participated in numerous grant opportunities that benefit the community and the college.

On behalf of the college, Dr. Winfree has served in leadership positions with numerous organizations including the Illinois Council of Community College Administrators, The Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, The Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau, and has serves as a member of The Chicago Southland Economic Development Committee. She also is an active member of the Professional Women's Network and has served on several educational foundation scholarship committees.

After graduating from PSC with an Associate Degree in General Studies in 1996, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in 1998 and Master of Arts in Communication Studies/Human Performance and Training in 2000 from Governors State University. In 2012, she obtained her Ph.D. in Education and Human Resources from Colorado State University.

Dr. Winfree is the mother of two sons.